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Funds raised this Dry July will help fund equipment, programs and refurbishments

About Us

Calvary Mater Newcastle is the major cancer care centre for Hunter New England Local Health District, delivering more than 485,000 occasions of outpatient services and in excess of 17,000 inpatient treatments per year.

We provide a comprehensive range of cancer services, diagnosis and treatment including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplants and surgery.

As the region’s tertiary referral cancer hospital, we treat a lot of patients who travel a great distance to have their treatment. Calvary Mater Newcastle is recognised as a leading research centre. It is also the main centre for cancer clinical trials in the Hunter region, with local, national and international research collaborations taking place.

By raising funds for Dry July and choosing to support Calvary Mater Newcastle, you are helping fund projects for our oncology services that directly benefit and assist in the comfort and care of our patients and their families.

The projects and equipment funded in 2023, included:

- Two chemotherapy treatment chairs for the Day Treatment Centre
- Post-operative surgical bras for women undergoing surgery for breast cancer and breast reconstructive surgery
- Enhance and update equipment in the Occupational Therapy Oncology Equipment Loan Program.

By supporting us in 2024, we hope to improve the patient experience for those being treated within our outpatient services.

Thank you for choosing to support Calvary Mater Newcastle.

Latest Updates

IV Poles

The Nutrition and Dietetics Service at Calvary Mater Newcastle supports the care of patients requiring short or long term enteral feeding at home - many of these patients are being treated for head and neck or oesophageal cancer.

A key feature of the Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Service is loaning equipment to patients, like IV poles, to help better facilitate safe feeding at home. Maintaining enough supplies to ensure timely provision of this service is important and thanks to Dry July, 10 IV Poles have now been purchased.

Andrew Court, Nutrition and Dietetics Manager, Calvary Mater Newcastle, says, “We are so grateful to have been able to add these new IV Poles to our HEN Service, it makes such a big difference to our patients.”

2016 Funds

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital is planning to use money raised through Dry July 2016 towards:

- 3 VAC machines. 

- IV poles. 

- A MOTOmed movement trainer which moves a patient’s legs or arms gently either passively, motor-assisted or active resistive training. The movements are smoothly controlled, similar to bicycling. Cancer patients deconditioned following illness related to their treatment or as a consequence of a severe illness during treatment such as sepsis will be able to start their recovery using this device.

Day Treatment Centre and Education Room Refurbishments in Newcastle

As the region’s only public oncology hospital, Calvary Mater Newcastle diagnoses and treats thousands of patients every year, many of whom travel a great distance to receive their treatment.

From Monday to Friday, the Day Treatment Centre is a hive of activity as on average 40 patients per day are administered chemotherapy.

For anyone who has undergone cancer treatments, or has been close to someone who has, you will appreciate how gruelling the experience can be.

Kelly Randall, Day Treatment Centre Nursing Unit Manager, says, “Thanks to Dry July supporters, Calvary Mater Newcastle was able to purchase 10 iPads to help entertain patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The iPads help alleviate our patient’s boredom and helps to refocus their attention while undergoing treatment. The iPads are extremely popular and bring comfort to our patients when they need it most.”

The Day Treatment Centre’s Patient Waiting Room and Education Room also underwent a makeover to make it more homely and comfortable for patients and their family members. Gone is the room’s previously sterile walls and clinical feel and in its place is a bright, welcoming, comfortable environment.

The Education Room, used by nurses to consult with patients, has also benefitted from a makeover. It now provides a comfortable and practical environment for these conversations to take place.

Kelly says, “The refurbishment of this room is a fantastic addition to our department. We now have comfortable furniture and great storage, all with that homely feel.

“We want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible and with these refurbishments; we are able to provide that environment. Thank you Dry Julyers.”

Humidifiers Purchased

“Humidification is proven to reduce the incidence of mucositis in patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck cancers.  

“Last year the Radiation Oncology Department was fortunate to receive funds from Dry July to purchase two humidifiers for our patients to use at home. 

“We now have five humidifiers which are usually lent out to our patients for periods of approximately three months. It is fantastic to be able to provide this equipment for our patients comfort and care. Thank you.”

Ashley Powell, Nurse Unit Manager, Radiation Oncology

Ward 5A MAAZ Waiting Room Refurbishment

Marissa Ledlin, NUM Ward 5A / Medical Assessment & Admission Zone at Calvary Mater Newcastle, expressed gratitude to Dry July supporters, saying:

“The funds donated through Dry July have allowed us to breathe ‘new life’ into our ward’s waiting room. Before this renovation, our patients’ friends and family lacked a comfortable place to sit and rest or for discussions with staff to take place. The room was tired, old and not very functional.

“However, thanks to Dry Julyers we now have a lovely new room that flows with the rest of the unit. I have received many comments from our visitors on what a nice, relaxing and comfortable space it has been transformed into. It meets our visitors’ needs perfectly and we are so grateful this transformation could take place. Thank you.”

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